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KBBS Report of the Month

Our Bursary is funded by a generous donation from the estate of Mr Kenneth Black providing small bursaries to students and people who are employed in horticulture.  You can find details of the scheme and how to apply on the main bursary scheme page.  Here we regularly feature a report from one of the beneficiaries:

November 2020 Report of the Month
Botanical Exploration of Saipal Himal
Baijura District, Nepal,
August 2017
Submitted by Matt Jackson
(Other team members, William Hinchcliffe, Colin Pendry, Hiroshi Ikeda, Polina Gudkova & Jeevan Pandey)


Our expedition took place in August 2017. The remote district of Bajura in Western Nepal was chosen, as current knowledge of the flora of the region is poor. The expedition coincided with one of the worst monsoons in years. Preliminary plans made in Edinburgh to reach the glacial valley to the east of Saipal had to be adapted and the final route of the expedition loosely followed a pilgrimage trail to the lake of the Goddess Budhinanda. This took us up to mountain areas that were used for seasonal grazing of sheep, goats and cattle. Despite the relative remoteness of the areas visited, the impact of human pressure was evident at all locations. Herbarium specimens and DNA samples collected during fieldwork are to be analysed as part of an ongoing, international project to publish The Flora of Nepal. The plant communities we looked at are changing. Seasonal grazing has a strong influence on the vegetation structure. The absence of intact woodland in the area is notable and the lack of regeneration in woodlands was concerning. This is typical of the situation across much of Nepal.



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